On Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 4:50 PM ‘Nicolas Davies’ wrote:
Here is the OSCE Monitoring Mission’s latest daily report, detailing yesterday’s ceasefire violations and explosions:
There were 1,566 violations, including 1,413 explosions, compared with 870 violations on Thursday. The map now shows a large concentration of explosions inside the northwest border of the Luhansk People’s Republic, consistent with an escalating artillery bombardment of that area by government forces.
Sat, 19 Feb 2022 23:47:04 +0000 (UTC) Nicolas Davies
You can go through the details of each violation, look at a map, see where it occurred and try to figure that out. The map in the report gives an overall picture. Remember, these are daily reports compiled in real time from individual reports by hundreds of ceasefire monitors, some in the field, some monitoring video and audio from prepositioned cameras, some flying drones with cameras etc.
Sun, 20 Feb 2022 03:27:10 +0200
from: Yurii Sheliazhenko
Their method of observation is impartial, OSCE SMM has cameras in the area of conflict and reports any signs of war recorded by the cameras. Results are summarized on the map (page 2) and tables (pages 9-15). But you can judge yourself who more likely violated ceasefire looking in the table where the camera recorded a violation (government-controlled or non-government-controlled area) and what type of violation it was (e.g. if explosion, other side attacked; if projectile, this side attacked).
As you see on the map, there are violations on both sides, which is kind of predictable. Also, they verify and include to their reports corroborated information about civilian casualties, you can search their reports by keywords “casualty”; it is not all cases of casualties you can find in media, only those cases when OSCE monitors managed to corroborate.
Corroborating means check of information about weapon-caused injuries or death by three sources, like hospital, police, neighbours, victim, etc. For example, 2 February 2022 “SMM corroborated reports of a civilian casualty in non-government-controlled Oleksandrivka, Donetsk region,” and 19 February 2022 “SMM corroborated reports of a civilian casualty in government-controlled Marinka, Donetsk region,” you can read in report all sources of corroborating information.
Of course, observers are not speculating on such matters as “who started to violate the ceasefire,” “who to blame,” they are professionals.